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Title: Profile of women presenting for abortions in Singapore at the National University Hospital
Authors: Singh, K. 
Fong, Y.F. 
Loh, S.Y.
Keywords: Abortion
Profile epidemiology
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: Singh, K., Fong, Y.F., Loh, S.Y. (2002). Profile of women presenting for abortions in Singapore at the National University Hospital. Contraception 66 (1) : 41-46. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The study was conducted to profile women seeking abortions at the National University Hospital, with particular interest in the trend of teenage pregnancies with the aim of identifying risk factors for late presentation for abortions. All patients who underwent an abortion at our center from January 1, 1996 to December 31, 2000 were recruited. Data were entered into a prepared questionnaire during the mandatory pre-abortion counseling sessions and completed at the 6-week post-abortion follow-up. This was then keyed into a database (SPSS Version 10), and the results were analyzed. Multivariate analysis was used in identifying risk factors associated with late presentation for abortions. Chi-square analysis of variables was used where relevant. A total of 1370 women presented for induced abortions during the period of study. The mean age of women was 29.6 years. Most women were either homemakers (35.3%) or semi-skilled workers (28.5%) with at least a secondary school education (58.3%). The majority were married (75.5%). There was a significant trend in the proportion of single women seeking abortions, from 18.3% in 1996 to 27.8% in 2000 (p < 0.05). At the same time, the proportion of women presenting for repeat abortions also increased from 13.8% in 1996 to 33.2% in 2000 (p < 0.05). Teenage abortions made up 117 (8.5%) of the study group, of which 95% were single women. Significant proportions (52.1%) were students at the time of abortion. In contrast to women above 20 years of age, pregnant teenagers were more likely not to have used any contraception (67.1% vs. 37.3%) and more likely to present late for abortion (18.8% vs. 10.4%). Teenage pregnancies are a major risk factor for late presentation for abortions. This emphasizes the need for availability and easy access to early abortion counseling, and the need for sex education with use of contraception starting in schools, to reduce abortions among teenagers. © 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Contraception
ISSN: 00107824
DOI: 10.1016/S0010-7824(02)00317-7
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